Jesus was draining the swamp as I posted earlier.
The swamp felt threatened.
Well, further on in our Wednesday night Bible Study:
Jesus was Having great effect and his popularity was rising.
His "policies" (so to speak) were working and were showing results.
The blind could see, the lame could walk, and demons were cast out of strongholds.
People were working again.
14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. 23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
So it's not a new tactic.
They claimed Jesus was colluding with Satan to accomplish His goals.
If that were the case, why would He be working against Satan's interests?
That's crazy talk.
Reminds me of a certain president who has thwarted Russian interests, and yet is accused of being their puppet.
And when it comes to national defense, here's a good prescription:
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace."
And is there a neutral position?
"He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters."
Eternal truth. Or in other words, some things never change.